11th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay event sells out and debuts new partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for additional race entry spots

Following in the footsteps of the world’s most recognized races such as the New York City, Chicago and Boston Marathons, the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay has formalized a benefiting partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to allow athletes to still participate and run in a sold out race. By lending a helping and financial hand to St. Jude, runners and walkers not only gain entry into Sarasota’s longest running half marathon, but most importantly help St. Jude lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases, of which Sarasota families also benefit.

The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay charity partnership capitalizes on the successful relationship that already exists between Life Time, the producers of the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, and St. Jude via the South Beach Triathlon, where more than $1.5 million has been raised over the past five years. The partners hope to replicate the impact in Sarasota over the next several years.

Organizers have set an initial goal of raising $50,000 from the 2016 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, working to build awareness of the program and then doubling this amount to $100K in 2017.

A total of 100 spots have been set aside from the sold-out race to allow runners and walkers (with a 4-hour course limit) to still participate and confirm their spot by lending a helping and financial hand to one of the region and country’s most important research medical facilities.

How It Works:
Each participant agrees to raise or donate a minimum of $500 (Bronze Level) or $750 (Silver), which includes the following:

  • Guaranteed entry into 2016 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
  • Online Training Resources (available year round)
  • Post-race VIP hospitality tent
  • Team racing top and gear
  • Pre-race Pasta Party Ticket for Saturday night (Silver Level only)

Don’t wait, register today to be a St. Jude Hero!

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